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USD Master of Public Administration program receives NASPAA reaccreditation through 2020

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Master of Public Administration program was awarded full accreditation through August 2020 by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The accreditation followed a review of the USD program’s self-study report, submitted in 2012, and a Commission review team that visited campus last spring.

The Commission commended the program on its efforts to promote diversity and the site visit team report observed that “the M.P.A. working group faculty have been exemplary in their efforts to promote diversity.” Founded in 1970, NASPAA is the global standard in public service education and was established to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. USD’s Master of Public Administration degree is the only NASPAA accredited program in the state.

“Achieving reaccreditation is evidence that USD’s program is among the best in the nation,” said William Richardson, Ph.D., Odeen -Swanson Distinguished Professor of Political Science and chair of the USD Department of Political Science. “It’s a program that we’re proud to offer as it’s the only accredited M.P.A. program in the state, so it’s no accident that many of our graduates go on to become leaders at the local, state and national levels.”

The reaccreditation of seven years for USD’s M.P.A. is the maximum period allowable by NASPAA. The Master of Public Administration, which includes seven full-time faculty, is a professional degree program that prepares students to serve as leaders in the public and nonprofit sector. Graduates of USD's public administration program serve at all levels of government and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad. For more information, about the M.P.A. program at USD, visit or contact


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News